Furusato Nozei is a donation that people offer to the local or prefectural government of their choice and in response, many municipalities repay the donors’ generosity by sending them "thank you gifts". In most cases, the gifts are local specialties.
Foreign residents of Japan who work and pay taxes here are just as entitled to participate as the Japanese.
To Work In Japan, a foreigner must receive a job offer from a guarantor in Japan, and then apply for a working visa at an embassy or consulate outside the country.
Working visas are valid for a period of 3 months to 5 years, and may be used to secure employment at any employer within the scope of activities designated on the visa "including employers other than the guarantor".
The Japanese Ministry of Justice has decided that it is going to amend the rules for becoming a permanent resident in Japan to allow foreigners to apply for permanent residence after as little as one year in Japan. These rules will become effective as of the end of March 2017.